Art and design.
Many voices say those two subjects have nothing to do with one another as designer's and artist's reasons and purposes for creating are entirely different.
A work of art starts with a view or an opinion on something that the artist holds within him oder herself. It is more about sharing a feeling or a conrete message the viewers can relate to whereas the designer is not as independant in expressing an inner view. He should design something which has a functional purpose for people to use it. The designer depends on purpose and performance. Or as sculptor Horatio Greenough and architect Louis Sullivan said: "form follows function".
But how close is the gap between design and art? In my point of view enormously.
Both, artists and designers have an inspiration they go on from. A vision which they follow. It may be colours, structure, things they see or whatever.
Designers might have the indispensable specification that the object actually needs to be particably usable but the form and design will absolutely be inspired by an artistic vision. It is about an appealing form, good shapes... besides great PR - okay. Or working together with creative influential minds... like whaaaat?
Web designer John O’Nolan sais "artists createt to share that feeling with others, to allow the viewers to relate to it, learn from it or be inspired by it. The most renowned (and successful) works of art today are those that establish the strongest emotional bond between the artist and their audience. By contrast, when a designer sets out to create a new piece, they almost always have a fixed starting point, whether a message, an image, an idea or an action."
Yeah - but what about beautiful design such as floating dreamfull pieces by Ellery, minimalistic Céline or this simple but classical elegant watch by SHEEN letting my heart drop for a second, getting goose bumps making me feel inspired so much I can't wait to actually go creative myself with those pieces? Isn't that an emtional reaction? I would think so.
So maybe an artist wouldn't necessarily say he is also a designer but a designer could for sure also name him or herself an artist. And I am quite happy about it as it always brings new fantastic designed pieces with it. Can't wait for more to inspire me daily.
Pics by Torne Velk